In a perverse kind of way, this week’s 50 per cent increase in Alberta’s unpopular carbon tax — to $30 per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions — could be a big gift from Rachel Notley’s NDP government to her opponent, United Conservative Party (UCP) opposition leader Jason Kenney. Calgary Herald by Claudia Cattaneo (Photo by Dave Harbour).
Alberta Sacrifices Economy To Liberal Gods Of Climate Change
Albertans want good jobs, a strong, diversified economy — now and for the future.
Albertans know protecting our environment and growing our economy go hand in hand. Albertans also believe in the science of climate change and want to be leaders in the new energy economy.
Albertans don’t want to be left behind as other jurisdictions take advantage of new jobs and opportunities in clean energy. Most of all, Albertans want the truth.
The truth is we have a choice: lead or be left behind.
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is fighting against reality, both scientifically and economically. His plan to ignore climate change and clean energy opportunities will hurt investor confidence and would roll back the important progress we’ve made in attracting investment, and diversifying our economy for the future.
The federal government has made it clear that any province that doesn’t have a plan to meet the federal carbon price benchmark by September 2018 will have the federal program imposed upon them in 2019.
The reality is they have full constitutional authority to do that and fighting it is a fool’s errand.
Carbon pricing is the global standard for reducing emissions and reversing the effects of climate change. With Manitoba’s conservative government recently announcing a carbon tax, most of Canada now prices carbon.
Our customers are also taking action. We’re seeing China, the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, implement several greenhouse gas cap-and trade systems. If we want to increase access to that market – and we do – we have to show that Alberta is doing its part.
Furthermore, we’re investing in badly needed transit projects such as the Calgary Green Line. Important investments, funded by the carbon levy, create much-needed local jobs, support the quality of life in Calgary and will help protect our environment now and in the future.
Albertans lead and innovate. We don’t stick our heads in the sand and let the world economy pass us by. Our climate leadership plan is about building on our current economy and embracing our future — one where Alberta is the most sustainable energy producer in the world, of not only oil and gas, but clean energy, too.
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